Richard Keys makes Leeds United relegation prediction after 3-1 loss v West Ham United
Richard Keys has predicted that Leeds United will beat Tottenham on the final day of the season, but still expects them to be relegated.
The Whites head into the final game of the season one point adrift of safety at the time of writing, before Leicester City’s clash with Newcastle on Monday night (22 May).
But while Keys wrote in his blog that he feels Sam Allardyce will be able to secure his first win as boss against a “pathetic” Spurs side, he believes Everton have already done enough to avoid the drop.
“Despite crumbling at West Ham I fancy Leeds to beat a pathetic Tottenham, but even if they do it won’t be enough,” he wrote.
“I can’t see how Everton don’t beat Bournemouth, so it’s Leeds. Or are we in for one final twist?
“Everton’s win at Brighton was the result that saved them. That was the one that turned the survival battle on its head.
“There’s always one game like it in any run-in. It’s rare that there’s two – but who knows?”
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Nobody expects Leeds to stay in the Premier League beyond next weekend simply because Everton are playing at home, but it can’t be overlooked that they have lost 10 home games this season.
Obviously on paper the team haven’t been nearly good enough this season and our record at Elland Road isn’t great either, but our performances are greatly improved since Big Sam took over.
He simply hasn’t been given enough time to really turn things around and now our future isn’t in our own hands because of previous results.
In an ideal world Leicester will lose tonight against Newcastle to put them in a real rut too, but ultimately it doesn’t matter anymore. Leeds have to beat Tottenham at Elland Road on the final day to have any chance.
It’s the same as last season in that sense, and we did it then against a strong Brentford team. Now we have to pull the rabbit out of the hat once again and prove everyone wrong.
In other Leeds news, an injured Leeds star has been named in his international squad despite not being available for the club for months.